Roger Federer continues Australian Open defence with Richard Gasquet defeat

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

"You focus to the very end", Federer said after the game.

The temperature peaked at Melbourne Park on Friday at 40.2°C.

If Fognini wins this match, he will reach only his second Grand Slam quarterfinal from 39 attempts.

Meanwhile, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber from Germany showed Russian Maria Sharapova, who won the tournament in 2008, the door on Saturday.

Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth pulled off a minor tennis miracle by knocking out the third seeded pairing of Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer in the second round of the men's doubles draw.

Fucsovics defeated the tall American 6-4 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-2 saving 10 of 12 break points along the way.

Up next, is unheralded Hungarian and one-time training partner Marton Fucsovics and a potential quarter final meeting with Tomas Berdych, who upset Juan Martín Del Porto in straight sets earlier on Saturday. She will compete against unseeded Naomi Osaka on Monday morning.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic showed iron-man stamina as he battled hothouse conditions to overcome tired Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. "If you want to get to the top you have to play in all conditions".

Thiem has now reached the round of 16 or better at each of his last six Grand Slam tournaments.

He will next play the victor of Friday's later match between Tennys Sandgren and Maximilian Marterer.

The Canadian only held her serve once throughout her one-hour seven-minute match against Halep.

Davis twice had medical timeouts in the final set to have blisters on both feet treated. We know how to play each other, but however, he's already in tough level.

On the women's side, second seed Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round when she lost 6-3, 7-5 to Belinda Bencic.

Expectations are different so that is a good thing - it shows I had a good season a year ago.

Venus Williams is seeded fifth and is second match scheduled on center court to get her 77th major under way with a challenging opener against Belinda Bencic.

U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over 92nd-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.

(8) Caroline Garcia bt.

Rafael Nadal aimed a dig at his long-time rival Roger Federer accusing the Australian Open organisers of granting the Swiss great "night-time matches" while other players struggled in Melbourne's sweltering heat which peaked at 42 degrees.

Gasquet never got a look in after that, with Federer winning 100 per cent of the points behind his first serve in the opening set.

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